Act Your Age
High school boy who has scratched his desk is lectured by principal on acting his age. Teen girls and boys turn into 5-year-olds, illustrating infantile reactions. The principal delivers a pep talk on growing up. A boy has a "How Old Am I?" chart. The school janitor / custodian lectures on immaturity.
Pictures Jim losing interest in his algebra and initialing the top of his desk. The principal, Mr. Edwards, talks with Jim about the adolescent's problem of growing up and meeting problems intelligently. While Jim repairs the desk, he thinks of situations which made his classmates weep, get angry and otherwise express their juvenile reactions. With Mr. Edwards' help, Jim works out a self-evaluation checklist to judge his personality, age and the manner in which he works out his problems.
DESKS TEENAGERS Danger Lurks ADOLESCENTS MATURITY SOCIAL GUIDANCE TEACHERS SCHOOLS FANTASY CHARTS PENCILS PRINCIPALS JUVENILE DELINQUENCY BASEBALL TANTRUMS JANITORS STEALING CHEATING CRYING GIRLS BOYS IMMATURITY CHILDREN SELF ASSESSMENT BEHAVIOR EMOTIONS CHARACTER SELF IMPROVEMENT VANDALISM PSYCHOLOGY HUMOR Graffiti Surrealism Infantilism
Danger Lurks Safety
Subject: same actor?
This film cracked me up.
Subject: Fun music, fun "homework"
Subject: Good instructionaL film
Subject: Bodies of Adults, Minds of Children
The rest of yas...grow up already! That little chart might help yous.
Moral of the story: If you get caught desecrating public property, suck up and suck up to the max. Our hero here, went into that principals office with his lips puckered, and he didn't even get a single wack on the ass, or even a raised voice. Not the usual situation in those days, for something like that...I can tell ya.
Is that janitor Mr Olson the same guy as the postal worker on Cheers? Sure looks like him. He also appears in the garage scene in "How Friendly Are You" also produced by Coronet.
B- Not my favorite film but it's OK.
Subject: MST3K Alumni Riffed On This!
Former Mystery Science Theater 3000 writers & cast members Mike Nelson (host of MST3K), Bill Corbett (Crow) and Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) are hilarious with their riffing of 'Act Your Age'.
Subject: "I have a problem"
In the end, this being a Coronet film, everything turns out OK.
Subject: I don;t want to grow up!!!!
Subject: This says it all
Subject: This is being MSTied @ Rifftrax
Subject: great fun!
Subject: Relavant but also hilarious.
Subject: Nicely done
Subject: the music
The producer/director changes the principal's name knowing that was not important. In spite of the message of the film - applying logical thinking to emotions - it is not logic that ultimately drives humans, it is emotion, and music reaches that most directly. Tell the viewer to handle his/her emotions and manipulate those emotions in the most direct way. Outstanding propoganda.
Subject: At least he didn't kill the janitor.
Jim comes up with the idea of ranking his "emotional age" on a chart, then getting his family and friends to rate him. In the end, he runs off to get all his classmates to do the same. Jim is doomed.
The Principal is so cheerful you have to wonder if he's medicated. Watch just one of his cheery line readings, and you'll hear yourself adding, "Jim, do you like gladiator movies?"
Subject: WARNING! Coronet alert!
Speaking of which, why didn't he just use THAT pencil instead and finish the problem?
Great film, not too long.
How wany 'infantile re-actions' can YOU find? (Not counting this film)
Subject: Oh, that Jim
Subject: Act Your Age
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: *****.
Subject: CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC
Interesting to note as well how school staff are quite willing to give kids weapons.
Subject: But I Can't Act
The acting is superb.